Florida Senate - 2014 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 722 Ì206024rÎ206024 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/11/2014 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Between lines 83 and 84 4 insert: 5 Section 3. Section 383.146, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 383.146 Children who are deaf or hard of hearing; notice of 8 service providers.— 9 (1) At the time that a health care practitioner diagnoses a 10 child as having a permanent hearing impairment, the health care 11 practitioner shall ask the child’s parent or legal guardian if 12 he or she would like to provide a mailing address or an e-mail 13 address to receive direct correspondence from providers or 14 institutions that offer speech and language pathology services, 15 auditory-oral education, instruction with American Sign 16 Language, or other such services as approved by rule of the 17 Department of Health. A parent or legal guardian shall authorize 18 the release of the mail or e-mail address by signing a consent 19 form. 20 (2) The health care practitioner shall fax the form to 21 those providers and institutions that: 22 (a) Are licensed, approved, or listed in this state by the 23 Children’s Medical Services Early Steps Program to provide 24 direct services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing; and 25 (b) Have notified the Department of Health of their 26 interest in providing direct communication to families about 27 their services. 28 (3) The Department of Health shall post a list of the 29 providers and institutions specified in subsection (2) on its 30 website and may adopt rules as necessary to implement and 31 administer this section. 32 33 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 34 And the title is amended as follows: 35 Delete line 10 36 and insert: 37 reference; creating s. 383.146, F.S.; requiring a 38 health care practitioner to provide an opportunity for 39 the parent or legal guardian of a child who is 40 diagnosed with a hearing impairment to provide contact 41 information so that he or she may receive information 42 directly from specified service providers; requiring 43 the health care practitioner to transmit the 44 information; requiring the Department of Health to 45 post a list of certain service providers and 46 institutions; authorizing the department to adopt 47 rules; providing an effective date.